If God in heaven waited to move and work and act and intervene according to your prayers, what would God be doing? I believe this is a great question because God tells us to pray in His Word, and we say we believe in the power of prayer. God certainly doesn’t need our prayers or to hear from us about situations in order to move, but what if He intentionally limited His working and moving based on our individual petitions? Is it possible that we don’t see God move enough because we don’t pray enough? I think most of us are guilty of throwing prayers at God without really trying to develop a more personal relationship with Him.
We want God to work and move and act, but do we want it enough to labor in prayer for a while? Do we want God to move enough that we even pause to listen for the voice of God while we are praying? It takes a lot of faith to carve out some quality time for prayer and to believe that our answers are embedded in the prayers we pray.
God definitely doesn’t want our prayer lives to be about twisting His arm to give us things. Your prayer life is all about you being personal in your relationship with God. And you open up to Him like you would a best friend and share all that’s on your heart and mind and all you need.
James 4:2-3 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend [it] on your pleasures.
How is it even possible to hold back the omnipotent One? That’s a crazy thought, but also a sad possibility. My advice, just don’t hold God back, but pray as if He is working and moving in our lives and the world depended on it.